February 27th, 2008 – by: EoinStewart
A view from auntie's house.
21 days to go until the next holiday visiting family on Crete
. The Mrs. allowed me to drag her to exciting North Lorne again , and now she and her sister are going to run amuck across Crete on what I do hope is not another "Foreign Legion Death March" (my term for an all stops pulled out holiday, favored by my wife and young ones, where one simply must see and do everything possible, normally at the expense of my sanity).
The village of Kambi is located approximately 23 km from Chania. Although a short distance, the time involved for the journey is almost 2 hours in length...small and meandering roads filled with goats and sheep around every turn.
Kambi is home to my wife's family. Today there are fewer than 14 left in the village, but one can literally breath the history of this small, but historic settlement.
Grand dad's house in the village.
Kambi was a seat of patriot activity when fighting the Turks and is the site of the alliance between Crete and mainland Greece during that endeavor. The houses of Katharina's family from 200 years ago are still standing and her uncle operates a still that produces a grappa type spirit called tsikoudia. It was built by her g g g grandfather. This says a great deal considering they were hand built and look as if a stiff wind could have taken them down. One even has a trap door that was used to put valuables and the women when the Turks road though. Brilliant!
The countdown has begun and although I haven't a drop of Kritiko blood in my veins, I'm, as always, very, very excited. Crete has, in my heart, become a close second only to the West Highlands.
More to come...